President Sirleaf poses with Brussels Airlines' CEO Gustin and Country Manager Vloeberghs
Pres Sirleaf Pats Brussels Airlines For Standing By Liberia
MONROVIA, September 10 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has thanked the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brussels Airlines and the entire management team for standing firmly by Liberia during the entire Ebola crisis.
“Brussels Airlines has been a real friend to Liberia. When Ebola surfaced, you did not suspend your flights to Liberia and kept the country connected to the outside world. Again, you are normalizing your operations in Liberia and I want to thank you for this,” the Liberian leader said.
President Johnson Sirleaf made the commendation Wednesday when the Chief Executive Officer of Brussels Airlines, Mr. Bernard Gustin, paid a courtesy call on her at her temporary office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She also thanked the airlines for the demonstrated patience over the years and for the new interventions by the airline in Liberia.
They include increasing flights from two to four times weekly, removal of Liberia from the Travel Ban List by the Belgium Government, use of Liberia as a base and direct flights from Monrovia to Brussels.
She acknowledged that the new pronouncement was “very good news for Liberia,” adding that increasing flights to four days a week and using the country as a crew base was a clear message to the rest of the world that Liberia is once again free and back in the business of development and progress.
“This action is a vote of confidence from Belgium and the Brussels Airlines family to the whole world. Liberia is currently without its own national airlines and because of the solidarity and support you have shown Liberia, we consider Brussels Airlines as our own national airlines,” the Liberian leader pointed out.
She informed Mr. Gustin that the head of the Liberia Airport Authority and its new Board are working hard to resolve the issue of the runway as well as building a new terminal as a way of improving conditions and facilities at the Roberts International Airport.